But, enough of my ranting. I do at times carry a hydration pack, mainly on long, hot bike rides where the big bladder in the pack cuts out the need to find water. So I do see, to an extent, their utility. But they're basically just water bottles with straps attached, so there's no reason in my mind for the current ultra high-tech trend in this market. The Camelback Classic ($40) is a perfectly good, basic hydration pack. So too is the Cascade Designs Breakaway Plus (also $40). The Ultimate Direction Shadow (also $40I sense a trend here) is a good fanny-pack design. And, if you really feel obligated to splurge, the Gregory Intertia ($110) provides decent pack space in addition to the bladder-and-tube assembly.
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